Dance of Power, Freedom, Belonging, and Fun

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Winter 2017 and Spring 2017 quarters

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Prior experience in dance, movement, or other focused kinetic forms and genres, including athletics is necessary. This is a rigorous movement-based program requiring robust kinesthetic aptitude and ability. For further clarification please visit the faculty at Academic Fair, and/or contact Rob at

This full-time, two-quarter program is dance-based, emphasizing student-centered composition and performance. Daily movement activities include 1) Pilates-based conditioning, 2) Nikolais/Louis-based modern dance technique, 3) Laban-based theory/improvisation and analysis, 4) dance composition and critique, including film, text, and movement seminars, and 5) bi-weekly performance forums. Students will learn basic skills of creating and presenting choreography in an open, non-judgmental workshop setting. In winter, we will learn basic methods of generating, developing, and analyzing movement into meaningful compositions. In the spring, we will develop and refine winter work, and identify key areas of student interest through student-directed final projects. Students will organize in cohorts around common interests and develop group project objectives, rehearsal and production schedules toward a studio performance at the end of the quarter.

There are ten basic learning objectives: 1) acquire experiential knowledge of basic anatomy and principles of kinesiology related to dance technique, 2) generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and theories of dance, 3) organize and develop artistic ideas into dance compositions, 4) refine and complete compositions, 5) select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation, 6) develop and refine dance compositions for presentation, 7) convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work, 8) interpret intent and meaning in artistic work through critique and discussion, 9) synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make dance art, and 10) relate artistic ideas and works in societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Students will learn the basics of dance composition, such as finding and developing a theme, phrasing, organization of performance space, musical time, visual design, and the development of a durable and responsive dance language. We will explore questions such as: What can the body and its parts—hand, eye, heart, hip, knee, etc.—symbolize and express metaphorically? How do we model and explore personal and social relationships in context of solo, small, and large group dance forms? Dance is a visual, as well as a kinetic art. How do visual forces , such as depth perception, perspective, color, architectural space, etc., coordinate with kinetic forces such as weight, momentum, inertia, muscular effort, to create cohesive, meaningful, and clearly articulated artistic statements? We will explore ways that movement and dance can empower and liberate the individual's latent creative intelligence, build community , and promote health and well-being .

Each week explores a clearly defined artistic premise that fits progressively and recursively into the two-quarter syllabus. Study includes units in correct warm-up, injury prevention and care, trust building and collaborative learning. Text seminars will include methods of working with and against texts and writing about them.

Please note: Although the program involves exploration of creative insights and blocks, it is aesthetically, not psychologically oriented. All are welcome without exception to engage in a mature, sophisticated inquiry of embodied awareness and control within the broad area of aesthetics; not psychotherapy.

Program Details


Winter Open Spring Conditional

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First spring class meeting: Monday, April 3 at 10am (Com 209)

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


2016-11-16New winter-spring program added.